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Toddler Tales (26): Let's Pretend!

Toddler Tales - Sand In My Toes blog
The flowering of imagination is one of the best phases of growing up. Little Dude had already started showing interest in pretend play since he turned two. It was mostly limited to playing with stuffed animals and making them do things. Since his language is now more fluent, he is able to verbalise his imagination, and I can share in what he's thinking. So, he'll pick up a bag and say, I'm going to school! He'll get on his tricycle and say, I'm going to the market! He quickly picks up ideas from what he sees around him or what he watches on TV (which, of course, has to be carefully monitored). He tries hard to combine his sentences to share the ideas in his head. His favourite activity is playing with water. All his toys have been through some water play, whether they are suited for it or not!

I'm trying to fuel his interest in pretend play by making up different scenarios as we play. So, his little tent house becomes a rocket which is flying to the moon. Once we get to the moon, though, he decides he wants to go back home! Recently, we created a supermarket (as department stores are called in Dubai), and he had fun putting things in his basket. He wanted his money back though, so I'm not sure the concept is clear to him! I'm really looking forward to some imaginative play with him, and to what surprises his busy mind has in store.

(Toddler Tales are snippets of what I'm learning every day from my little one.)

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maryanne @ mama smiles said...

Watching pretend play is one of my favorite things to do. Children have such vivid imaginations!

Kate Williams said...

I love hearing my three year old chattering away to himself when he's plating :)

Vicky Myers said...

Toddler play is fab:) We spent a long time yesterday at a soft play area building an imaginary train, full of animals, going to the beach - we gained several toddlers who joined in:) I will miss the tot stage:)

Tarana Khan said...

Yes, they do, it's amazing!

Tarana Khan said...

That's really cute!

bkb80schild said...

cute - my children are now at shcool 7&8 yrs and still spend hours playing imaginary play - its lovely to listen to :0) #blogclub

Chai a Cup of Life said...

Hi there, first time visitor to your blog!
My son is 6 now and still plays pretend play on occasion. But the difference now is that the toys are having a full conversation!! it is still fun to watch. Nice to connect.

Tarana Khan said...

It's definitely a lot of fun!

Katie @ Pick Any Two said...

I love watching my son engage in pretend play, and I can't wait to see how it evolves as his language skills continue to grow. Such fun!

Franglaise Mummy said...

I love pretend play, and that stage is such a fantastic one - we're at 7 years with one daughter and 16 months with the other, and I can't wait for us to through the toddler imagination/learning stage again with daughter 2 :-)

Orli D said...

I absolutely love how the mind of children works. I find it fascinating even today when they are older, to understand how they see us and the world around them. The best thing I found for it is giving them a camera (when they are about 3) and watching the world through their eyes (and height).

Tasneem Rajkotwala said...

It is always so much fun to watch little ones pretend play.It is incredible to watch how much they take note of their surroundings and then let their imagination work.

Tarana Khan said...

Imagination never wears out, even as they grow older :)

Tarana Khan said...

That's sweet! Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you'll return :)

Tarana Khan said...

Yes, it is! I'm looking forward to seeing his imagination grow.

Tarana Khan said...

I love pretend play too, that's why I'm excited!

Tarana Khan said...

Love that idea, I might try it too!

Tarana Khan said...

Yes, it's beautiful to watch!

Peakle Pie said...

We love pretend playing here to! It is lovely to see and hear what is going on in their heads.

Michelle Ashmore said...

I love watching when they don't know anyone is watching because they have no inhibitions. I think Ella's imaginative play at the moment is to do with modelling because I keep catching her posing or doing a runway walk!
#blogclub

Tarana Khan said...

How interesting! I should try watching him on the sly too :)

Laura Mummy to Boyz said...

Such a great stage - I love hearing my little man chatting away to himself too but he doesn't let me join in most of the time #smallsteps

Tarana Khan said...

That's cute, but I wonder why he doesn't let you join in!

KiddyCharts said...

Tents make great rockets don't they? We have an indoor play tent too, and it has many different forms - just as it should be! Lovely post.

Michelle Maggs said...

so cute! I often here my two girls chattering away, so much imagination it's lovely to see :) x

Mel said...

I am a teacher and always used to play teachers with my sister so you never know what his future career will be!

Tarana Khan said...

I've always loved tents, so I play along too!

Tarana Khan said...

It is really lovely!

Tarana Khan said...

I loved playing teacher as a child and always wanted to become one, but it never materialised!

Jane Roberts said...

I really hope I get to experience pretend play with Ethan at some point, it isn't something that its on his radar at the moment and may never be. Pretend play is a great learning tool. I love what you are doing with the play, I want to go to the moon :0)

Thanks for linking up with Small Steps Amazing Achievements :0)
x

Tarana Khan said...

You'll know when he's ready. Pretend play is only one of the ways a child can showcase their imagination, so keep your eyes open!

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